NADA New York 2023

Al Svoboda

18 May to 21 May, 2023

For NADA New York 2023, april april presents a solo project by New York-based artist Al Svoboda. Comprising a suite of twenty, small-scale oil on linen paintings, the presentation’s logic extends from Scaffolding I, at once a sculpture by Svoboda and an archival mechanism by which the paintings are stored. Throughout the duration of the fair, the paintings will be plucked from and placed back on Scaffolding I, revealing new compositions for the shelf-as-sculpture, and new connections for the works in juxtaposition.

Each painting’s title qualifies directionality: “to _______ where it is pointing,” and emphasizes this body of work as a navigation: the plane is imagistic, image aspiration motivates arriving there, and painting is a method for searching. Destinations shift, disappear, are inaccessible, delimiting the struggle as the unattainable point sought. Each composition visiblizes the edge around the blank on a psychic map. A handwritten index of the titles will be offered as a letterpress takeaway in an edition of 50.

Svoboda admits the images in his paintings sporadically come cropped from a memory of an object in the world. For us, this slippage into figuration brings his painting closer to photography. The work easily takes on the profile of some point-and-shoot output, especially so as the works are print-scaled.

More often they emerge from a material struggle: the paint applied tries to make room for itself, and the forms rumble around in a chance meeting, as a camera might collect optic motes firing off by accident in a pocket. Svoboda’s continued production delights in happenstance and collection en route.

 

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Al Svoboda. to never know where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.

Al Svoboda (b. 1991, Syracuse, New York) lives and works in New York, NY. He received his BFA from Syracuse University and is currently an MFA candidate at School of Visual Arts in New York. Recent selected group shows include Alexander Gray Associates, Germantown, NY; Wieoftnoch, Karlsruhe, Germany; Tappeto Volante, Brooklyn, NY and 57W57 Arts, New York, NY. Upcoming exhibitions include Ki Smith Gallery, New York, NY and Weatherproof, Chicago, IL.

NADA New York 2023

Al Svoboda

18 May to 21 May, 2023
Al Svoboda. Scaffolding I, 2022. Wood, aluminum, rice paper. 24 x 12 x 8inches.
Al Svoboda. Scaffolding I, 2022. Wood, aluminum, rice paper. 24 x 12 x 8inches.
Al Svoboda. Scaffolding I (Detail), 2022. Wood, aluminum, rice paper. 24 x 12 x 8inches.
Al Svoboda. Scaffolding I, 2022. Wood, aluminum, rice paper. 24 x 12 x 8inches.
Al Svoboda. to picture this where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to omit where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to start out where it is pointing, 2022. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to wake up where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to stand where it is pointing, 2022. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to be without where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to show where it is pointing, 2022. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to read about where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to smoke where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to pretend where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to freak out where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to leave where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to picture this where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to say aloud where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to imagine where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to never know where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to suspect where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to remain where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
to go around where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to drop out where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition, 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition, 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition, 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition, 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition (Detail), 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled, 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled, 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled (Detail), 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled (Detail), 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled, 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue, 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue, 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue (Detail), 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue (Detail), 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue (Detail), 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. possible rendezvous, 2022. Oil on board. 15 × 18 inches.
Al Svoboda. possible rendezvous (Detail), 2022. Oil on board. 15 × 18 inches.
Al Svoboda. possible rendezvous (Detail), 2022. Oil on board. 15 × 18 inches.
Al Svoboda. to never know where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.

NADA New York 2023

Al Svoboda

18 May to 21 May, 2023

For NADA New York 2023, april april presents a solo project by New York-based artist Al Svoboda. Comprising a suite of twenty, small-scale oil on linen paintings, the presentation’s logic extends from Scaffolding I, at once a sculpture by Svoboda and an archival mechanism by which the paintings are stored. Throughout the duration of the fair, the paintings will be plucked from and placed back on Scaffolding I, revealing new compositions for the shelf-as-sculpture, and new connections for the works in juxtaposition.

Each painting’s title qualifies directionality: “to _______ where it is pointing,” and emphasizes this body of work as a navigation: the plane is imagistic, image aspiration motivates arriving there, and painting is a method for searching. Destinations shift, disappear, are inaccessible, delimiting the struggle as the unattainable point sought. Each composition visiblizes the edge around the blank on a psychic map. A handwritten index of the titles will be offered as a letterpress takeaway in an edition of 50.

Svoboda admits the images in his paintings sporadically come cropped from a memory of an object in the world. For us, this slippage into figuration brings his painting closer to photography. The work easily takes on the profile of some point-and-shoot output, especially so as the works are print-scaled.

More often they emerge from a material struggle: the paint applied tries to make room for itself, and the forms rumble around in a chance meeting, as a camera might collect optic motes firing off by accident in a pocket. Svoboda’s continued production delights in happenstance and collection en route.

 

ARTnews Best Booth at NADA New York 2023


Press Release

Al Svoboda (b. 1991, Syracuse, New York) lives and works in New York, NY. He received his BFA from Syracuse University and is currently an MFA candidate at School of Visual Arts in New York. Recent selected group shows include Alexander Gray Associates, Germantown, NY; Wieoftnoch, Karlsruhe, Germany; Tappeto Volante, Brooklyn, NY and 57W57 Arts, New York, NY. Upcoming exhibitions include Ki Smith Gallery, New York, NY and Weatherproof, Chicago, IL.

Al Svoboda. Scaffolding I, 2022. Wood, aluminum, rice paper. 24 x 12 x 8inches.
Al Svoboda. Scaffolding I, 2022. Wood, aluminum, rice paper. 24 x 12 x 8inches.
Al Svoboda. Scaffolding I (Detail), 2022. Wood, aluminum, rice paper. 24 x 12 x 8inches.
Al Svoboda. Scaffolding I, 2022. Wood, aluminum, rice paper. 24 x 12 x 8inches.
Al Svoboda. to picture this where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to omit where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to start out where it is pointing, 2022. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to wake up where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to stand where it is pointing, 2022. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to be without where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to show where it is pointing, 2022. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to read about where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to smoke where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to pretend where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to freak out where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to leave where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to picture this where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to say aloud where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to imagine where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to never know where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to suspect where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to remain where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
to go around where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. to drop out where it is pointing, 2023. Oil on linen. 4 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition, 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition, 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition, 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition, 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. world and proposition (Detail), 2023. Eleven acrylic on linen paintings. 4 x 21 x 6 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled, 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled, 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled (Detail), 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled (Detail), 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. yet to be titled, 2023. Acrylic and ink on board. 24 × 17 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue, 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue, 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue (Detail), 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue (Detail), 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. catalogue (Detail), 2023. Watercolor on board. 20 × 12 inches.
Al Svoboda. possible rendezvous, 2022. Oil on board. 15 × 18 inches.
Al Svoboda. possible rendezvous (Detail), 2022. Oil on board. 15 × 18 inches.
Al Svoboda. possible rendezvous (Detail), 2022. Oil on board. 15 × 18 inches.